President Barack Obama told a news conference in Berlin Germany that Russia a military superpower with a global reach and remains an important country to Washington.
Obama stressed it U.S. interest to partner with Moscow on ironing out pressing international issues.
“Russia is an important country. It is a military superpower. It has influence in the region and it has influence around the world,” outgoing President Obama said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday 17th November 2016.
“And in order for us to solve many big problems around the world, it is in our interest to work with Russia and obtain their cooperation,” he continued, though he did say there are “some significant differences in how Russia views the world and how we view the world.”
President Obama also expressed hope that President-elect Donald Trump who will assume oval office on January 20, 2017 will find areas “where we can cooperate with Russia, where our values and interests align,” while urging him to follow his outgoing administration’s line.